Our second League match of the year is on tomorrow and I’m hitting the sack shortly as I’m heading to Castlebar in the morning to catch the action at MacHale Park. It’d be far easier, I know, to stay put and watch it live on TV but I’ve yet to see the lads in action in the flesh this year – the last match I was at was the fateful one in Limerick last August – and so at this stage it’s an itch I feel the need to scratch.
We’re favourites to win tomorrow in what’s a top against bottom of the table clash (not that this means a whole load after one round of matches) and the poll on the site that I’ve just taken down would indicate that supporters are likely be travelling to Castlebar with a bit more than hope about how the contest will pan out. 86% of you in the poll reckon we’ll win, while 7% think it’ll be a draw and another 7% figure Tyrone will do it.
A win would be good alright, providing us with a nice cushion before the League action recommences at the end of the month. To have four points after two games would give Pat and Noel more breathing space to try out more players and different kinds of formations and tactics over the remaining five games, knowing that another win (or two, to be absolutely sure) would then guarantee our top tier survival for another year. But this is the League so we know that a win tomorrow isn’t the be-all-and-end-all and that the kind of performance we put in on the day is of importance too as the lads continue their steady prep towards another summer campaign.
So here’s to a positive performance at MacHale Park tomorrow afternoon and, hopefully, the right result thrown in for good measure. As I’ll be at the game, I’ll be doing my usual post-match audio rant shortly after the final whistle sounds and, if I’m able to do it on the iPhone, I’ll get the MOTM poll up on the site as soon as I can after the match as well. With The Brother behind the wheel for the return journey to the capital, I’m hopeful that I’ll have a piece on proceedings done before too late tomorrow evening. ‘Till then.